Head of Government Affairs, Duolingo English Test at Duolingo (Remote)

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Our mission at Duolingo is to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. But we’ve got more left to do — and that's where you come in!

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning application in the world, with over 500 million users and over half a billion exercises completed daily. Beyond our core learning product, we have also entered into literacy with Duolingo ABC and English proficiency testing with the Duolingo English Test.

We are passionate about educating our users, making fact-based decisions, and finding innovative solutions to complex problems. We offer meaningful work, limitless learning opportunities, and collaboration with world-class minds. Come brighten your life and over half a billion more!

The Duolingo English Test that is convenient, fast, and affordable. It is already used by over 3,000 academic programs around the world including Yale, Columbia and Duke. In keeping with our mission, we are expanding beyond academic programs and need to work with governments to do so effectively.

We have begun working with the UK and Canadian governments, as well as non-governmental agencies like the UNHCR, and are now looking to build a team dedicated to doing more. If you love making a difference in education through technology, and helping bridge the public and private sectors, this is the place for you.

You Will...

  • Engage with immigration and education ministries in four priority countries around the world (excluding China), with the end goal of driving acceptance of the Duolingo English Test for visa applications.
  • Hire and manage external policy consultants.
  • Build relationships with non-governmental agencies who can help build the credibility of the Duolingo English Test with government officials (e.g. associations, think tanks, international scholarship organizations).

You Have...

  • 10+ years experience.
  • Government affairs, public sector, or legal experience.
  • Experience in partnerships, sales, or business development. You are great at cultivating relationships.
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills. You have a track record of effectively working with cross-functional teams and aligning a diverse range of internal and external partners.
  • Experience working in a fast and flexible environment. You are able and excited to lead teams with a bias toward rapid cycles of analysis, decision, and action.
  • The ability to travel within Europe, North America, and Oceania (passport required).

Exceptional Candidates Will Have...

  • 5+ years Public sector or legal experience working with/in education or immigration-related departments in Canada, the UK, Australia, or the US.
  • 5+ years government affairs, partnerships, or business development experience at a leading tech platform or mobile consumer subscription service.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages.

We will do everything we can within reason to make sure that your interview takes place in an environment that fairly and accurately assesses your skills. If you need assistance or accommodation, please contact your recruiter.

We aim to return to office, and as such are requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have received any booster doses as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Take a peek at how we care for our employees' holistic well-being with our benefits here.

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An Insider's view of Duolingo

What are some social events your company does?

I've really appreciated the high-touch, fun social activities that we've gotten to take part in – especially events like a virtual cooking class. I was so pleasantly surprised to get a personalized apron in the mail with my name on it, and learn how to make tacos from Duolingo's in-house chef!


Product Designer

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

The team I work on has a few unique technical challenges. We use a wide variety of programming languages, so it takes a good amount of time to ramp up. Secondly, we are part of a business unit (The Duolingo English Test) that was recently spun off into its own product. We brainstorm and try various ideas until we have a working solution.


Senior Engineering Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

When I first joined, I had no prior experience with iOS development. But I was eager to learn, and Duolingo was willing to invest in me. Duolingo provided me with the mentorship and resources to not only learn iOS, but become proficient enough to now build a new app from the ground up.


Senior Software Engineer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Duolingo feels like a family. “Duos,” as we call ourselves, are these great people who strongly believe in our mission of creating free and accessible education. They are fun-loving people, and it’s the kind of company where you feel comfortable enough to hang out with people after hours to play games or just joke around.


Director of Engineering

What are Duolingo Perks + Benefits

Duolingo Benefits Overview

Duolingo ensures that all employees are taken care of and have the best experience possible while working here.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Fully paid parental and adoption leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
We also have an additional two-week winter break for all employees. Duolingo also has an annual international retreat for all full-time employees.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Breakfast and Lunch are provided every day, cooked by our in-house chef!
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
We also offer a first-time home buyer bonus for employees in Pittsburgh
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Yearly stipend for professional development
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns

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